Spring Family Celebration

Dinner Parties, Easter, Entertain, Holidays, Menu Ideas, On the Table

Gather family members young and old for a bright, elegant Easter dinner outdoors, ringing in the new season. While children hunt for eggs, adults can sip wine and enjoy a refreshing meal, sharing in the festive occasion. These easy entertaining tips, simple recipes and refreshing table ideas will help create a memorable celebration.

 

 

HOSTING & SERVING TIPS

 

Set the table in a shady spot; watch the path of the light the day before to get a sense of where the sun sets.

 

Freeze citrus zest, mint leaves or berries in water-filled ice-cube trays.

 

For an easy hors d’oeuvre, set out goat cheese, strawberries and baguette slices.

 

Use a melon baller to scoop out rounds of butter; pass at the table with the bread.

 

Create informal centerpieces using garden flowers in old-fashioned jars.

 

For wine, serve a dry to fruity white, such as Pinot Gris, and a light red, such as Beaujolais or Pinot Noir.

 

 

MENU

 

Sparkling Mint Lemonade
Lemonade is a welcome drink when springtime temperatures start to rise. Choose lemons that are plump and firm. Before juicing each lemon, press and roll it firmly against a work surface to break some of the membranes holding the juice.Scroll down to the bottom of this post to learn how to add your own creative touches.
Baby Spinach Salad with Roasted Strawberries
The flavor of this salad sparkles with the bright acidity of red wine vinegar, its tartness tempered by the sweetness of fresh orange juice. Roasting strawberries with a bit of sugar intensifies their fruitiness and softens their texture, creating a nice counterpoint to the salty cheese and crunchy toasted almonds.
Asparagus with Orange Hollandaise Sauce
Hollandaise, the classic sauce for dressing warm asparagus in France, is usually flavored with lemon. The orange juice used in this recipe is a nice change of pace and goes particularly well with the vegetable.
Braised Tarragon Chicken
This main course combines slow-cooked chicken with leeks, carrots and fresh herbs. Creamy mashed potatoes make a nice accompaniment, as well.
Strawberry Rhubarb Galette
Strawberries and rhubarb are a classic springtime combination. This galette, a rustic tart that shows off the fruit in the center, can be served with a small scoop of ice cream, with a dollop of crème fraîche or whipped cream, or on its own, with just a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

 

LEMONADE FOR AN OUTDOOR PARTY

 

It’s easy to make lemonade more special by adding simple creative touches. The more you do to dress up everything, from the pitcher and the garnishes to the glasses and serving tray, the more the drinks become a part of the celebration.

 

Gather lemon slices, mint sprigs, citrus (or mint) leaves, a large glass pitcher, lemongrass stalks (or bamboo skewers, chopsticks or swizzle sticks), crushed ice, cocktail napkins, glasses and a tray.
Layer half of the lemon slices in the pitcher; top with the mint sprigs and then top with another layer of lemon slices and fill with ice.
Thread a lemon slice and a citrus leaf onto the top of each lemongrass stalk. Line the tray with the cocktail napkins. Fill the pitcher with lemonade and place on the tray with the glasses. Put a lemongrass stalk in each glass. Let guests help themselves.

 

7 comments about “Spring Family Celebration

  1. VICTORIA

    How do I find a printable version of this menu – it’s absolutely perfect for my plans for Easter

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  2. Sue

    Ditto! This menu is perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, or ANY Spring Gathering … how do we obtain a printable version w/ recipes? Please help!

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  3. Williams-Sonoma Editors Post author

    Victoria and Sue, unfortunately we don’t have a printer-friendly version available, though we’re working on implementing it for the future. I apologize for the inconvenience, and thanks for reading!

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  5. Bernadette

    The braised chicken looks divine. Can you use boneless chicken breasts or thighs? Thanks!

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  6. Williams-Sonoma

    Hi Bernadette, since the chicken is braised for a long period of time, it’s best to use bone-in pieces. Boneless pieces may dry out instead of becoming moist and tender. Enjoy!

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